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A few days ago I arrived at my office in the morning and was greeted with an unpleasant surprise…someone had scratched a cross into the bulletin board just outside my office door. (Apologies for the terrible cell-phone picture.) While I’m able to cover the image with a strategically placed advising schedule, I’m haunted by a…

Taking a break from the science-y books and from the donor requests, this week Minnow and I want to share one of our new favorite books. This is the first book that we’ve checked out of the library that Minnow is still talking about more than a month after we returned it. In fact, she…

DonorsChoose wrap up

WOOT! In the month of October, 33 Sciencewomen readers, with a little help from HP, donated $3612 to deserving public school students around the country. We funded projects in California, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, North Carolina, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia, Virginia and Utah. As rewards for all your generosity,…

SciWo’s Storytime: Pumpkins

This week Minnow and I are pleased to honor the first request from a DonorsChoose Challenge giver. (There’s still time, donate enough to complete a project, email me the receipt and you too can request a story.) I’ll admit to being pretty excited when this request came it, because it was perfectly seasonal…and we already…

There’s a few days left in our October DonorsChoose challenge, and even after that there are many more great projects out there waiting for our help. A few weeks ago, wonderful educator-science-historian-cultural-studies-expert-mother-blogger Leslie Madden-Brooks responded to a plea to help fund some projects, and I was deeply moved by what she wrote to the classroom,…

SciWo’s Storytime: Bugs

This week, Minnow and I present “Where do Insects Live?” in the Science Emergent Readers Series, from which we’ve previously featured a book on oceans. (Yes, I am using bugs in the colloquial sense and not just to refer to some Hemiptera.There’s plenty of time for Minnow to learn those details later. Who knows, she…

Don’t worry, SciWo’s storytime is coming later today. But first a word about our on-going DonorsChoose challenge. Along with 22 others, DonorsChoose has already given $50 to our challenge, and now they want to give more…based on how much we raise by Sunday. Here’s the scoop: Next week, we will distribute $200,000, the rest of…

SciWo’s Storytime: Lakes and Ponds

This week on SciWo’s Storytime, we’re reading about Lakes and Ponds in a book by Cassie Mayer, from the same series as an earlier episode about oceans. While the text of this series of books is simple, I’m finding that they are a great way to engage Minnow in a conversation about the topic. Listen…

It’s Earth Science Week, and this year’s theme is Understanding Climate. So it’s the perfect time to share some cool videos of women earth scientists and how they are working to improve the diversity and representation of women in atmospheric science. Hat tip to Erika Marin-Spiotta for sharing these videos. The first three-minute video is…

A few nights ago, Minnow was in the mood to make videos of some of her favorite books – almost any books, except ones with an overt scientific bent. Right now, she wants books with a storyline, and I’m afraid that some of the sciencey books I’d lined up for this month are not story-driven…